How using your phone on the loo could cost your job

Girl phoning on loo
You don’t want to know what could be on your phone

Look away now if you gross out easy – this one’s not for the squeamish.

Though you might squeam loud when you realise the consequences.

You see, your phone’s got poo on it. Dinkum.

Some researchers reckon it’s not every phone, it’s only one in six.

Yeah, right.

You’re sitting on the hopper, you get stuff on your hands – impossible not to. And your phone’s in your hands, so it’s got poo on it. A no brainer.

Forgotten hygiene habits

So maybe you’re one of that amazing minority who does actually wash your hands after going to the loo. Most people don’t, in fact they’re real chance-takers.

Uh huh. Even celebs like Jennifer Lawrence fess up that she doesn’t wash after taking a dump. She denies it now, but we all tell those kind of porkies, don’t we?

But let’s get real now, who in the world washes their phone?

Nobody, right? Water and phone batteries don’t get on.

But even if you did wash it, the stuff comes straight back onto your fingers next time you use the thing. And keeps transferring to everything you touch afterwards.

The stuff on your desk? The lift buttons, light switches, door handles and all? 10 million germs on it according to research.

And how do you think the stuff got there?

Your job on the line

OK, so totally gross – what’s this got to do with losing your job? ‘Elf & Safety poo police going to get you fired or what?

A lot worse than that.

Because with stuff on your hands and your desk and your phone, it’s inevitable you’re going to transfer some to other people – the people you work alongside, your colleagues.

And as you’ve probably experienced yourself many times in this life, Sod’s Law always applies.

So while most of the time nothing happens with all this stuff on your hands – just when you don’t want it to, things go pear-shaped. Like the faeces literally hit the propeller.

Most likely calamity choice? Norovirus – the most common cause of gastroenteritis world-wide. A.k.a. gastric flu or food poisoning – or as regulars of this blog already recognise, the Don’t-Wash-Hands Disease.

Translate that as severe cramps, projectile vomiting, violent diarrhoea and days of on-going misery. Strikes in as little as twenty minutes, twelve hospitals in Scotland already smitten with it, 3 million cases annually and around 80 deaths.

The UK’s top sickie

Yeah, a major player. Get norovirus in the office and it goes round like wildfire – seen what it does to cruise ships? But at least they’re ready for it – with doctors, nurses and a whole crew standing by with disinfectant sprays and the works. Back home, all anyone’s got in the office is Band-Aid strips.

OK, so you’re playing with fire. And with poo on your hands, sooner or later something WILL happen.

Like when that make-or-break project comes in, and it’s all hands to the pump. Concentrated 24/7 to get it done. The one critical shot at fame and fortune – or the company goes to the wall.

Think it can’t happen? Ace consultants Pricewaterhouse Cooper put the cost of sickness absence in the UK at £29 billion annually. Top accountant gurus Sage put it at three times that, topping £100 billion. Plenty of companies better than yours go bang against money like that.

Facing reality

So how’s it going, with everyone at home, groaning and clutching their gut? Networked on the laptop, sitting on the loo, nobody’s brain more than mush for longer than five minutes – what chance do any of you have?

Yeah, the writing’s on the wall. Take chances and there might not BE a company left to work for.

So them’s your marching orders.

Don’t take your phone to the loo and ALWAYS wash your hands. Wipe the phone regularly with antiseptic wipes – and everything on your desk too.

If we’ve made you paranoid – and with so many germs hazards around it’s difficult not to be – you can even sterilise your office nightly with a Hypersteriliser. Germs oxidised to zero by ionised hydrogen peroxide – all surfaces and the air itself – the whole place, safe and secure.

Anyway, who wants to talk in the loo? Whoever’s in the stall next to you starts blabbing and it’s all over town, like a virus of its own.

Better to keep schtum – and hold your job.

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Originally posted on 18 December 2018 @ 7:43 pm

Originally posted on 18 December 2018 @ 7:43 pm

Amazing phone app warns of illness threats

Girl with mobile
A “Wash your hands” reminder even in sleep mode

Our phones just keep getting smarter.

With so many capabilities that most of us don’t even know are there.

Particularly this one, which all new phones have.

The lifesaver app

Maybe the most important one of all –because it could save your life. Actually prevent you from succumbing to that unknown dreadful illness you would never have known was there.

Seems only weeks ago that we jumped up and down, demanding that with all the super-advanced technology floating around there should be an app that stops us getting sick.

And here we are – more fool us – it’s been on our phones all the time. Like wow.

Even more incredible is that this app is active all the time. Including sleep mode, or when the battery is dead – and even when your phone is TURNED OFF.

First time experience?

If you haven’t discovered it yet, try this.

Without doing anything, hold your phone up to the light. You may have to angle it around to get the strongest reading, but it’s there.

You’ll see it’s obvious, all over the glass – a dull cloudiness, smears and finger marks.

A very useful indicator this. Subtle too, so that anyone looking over your shoulder cannot see the message. It’s discreet and avoids embarrassment. A priceless life-saving hygiene alert.

Because those marks on the glass is your phone reminding you that you need to wash your hands.

That screen is very sensitive see – well of course, it works by touch. And it makes the invisible – visible. Every contact we make with unwashed hands shows up as a mark – not necessarily of dirt, because our hands LOOK clean.

Dirt in disguise

Uh huh. Maybe that’s why we all forget to wash our hands as often as we should. Appearances are deceptive. We THINK we’re clean, but we’re not.

Because every smudge, streak, smear and stain on that phone screen is actually a germ trace – direct evidence from our fingers of the billions of invisible viruses and bacteria that surround us all the time. A visible signature of the ones we haven’t had an opportunity to wash off yet.

OK, so wipe the screen off and start again. Better still, clean your phone first – believe it or not, there’s at least 25,000 germs per square inch on there – more than in a toilet. Better wash your own hands as well, of course.

Touch the phone with clean fingers – and hey presto! Nary a sign of anything, the screen stays mirror perfect. Visible proof your hands are germ-free.

A hugely useful app, this. Because those marks also remind you of the germs lurking wherever you keep your phone – transferring to other things around it. The compact in your handbag, your purse, the make-up you carry around with you – your credit cards, pens, hairclips, scrunchies.

Oops. And that’s another hygiene hint worth, taking.

To clean out your bag and everything in it regularly – wipe them all down with a sterile wipe. Before any germs transfer back to your fingers – and of course, show up on your phone again.

Are you sure you’re safe?

Really jolts you into thinking about hygiene, hey?

Because the same applies to everywhere you put your fingers.

In your pockets, in your gloves. And all the other places you can’t sterilise that you also touch during the day. Grab handles on the bus, doorknobs, countertops, computer keyboards, your office phone.

There are germ traces on them too, but you just can’t see them. Some from you and some from other people. And what have THEY touched that might affect you? When did THEY last wash THEIR hands?

Makes you think before you bite into that doughnut with the mug of coffee at your desk, doesn’t it?

Better check first. Does your phone say it’s OK to touch the food you put in your mouth?Wash hands logo

And in the countdown between your coffee break and lunch, while you’re touching all those other things – documents from other people, packages from outside, the photocopier – will you remind yourself to wash your hands afterwards?

Should you set an alarm? Not to say it’s lunch time, but to remind you to wash your hands before you nosh? BEFORE you zoom out for the brie, tomato and basil baguette – which you can never seem wait to scoff because your tummy’s always growling already?

If not an alarm, check your phone anyway. After you’ve cleaned it of course.

Is it safe?

Are the germs gone? No germ traces? MIrror smooth?

With a brilliant app like this, you don’t want to come down with something when it’s so easy not to.

Hello? How your phone is bugged and trying to kill you

Worried businesswoman on phone
Radiation sickness? Spies listening in? More likely germs to make you ill – invisible so we never know they’re there.

Bugged?

Oh no, who is it? GCHQ? MI5? The CIA?

A quick look at the screen and it’s more likely MRSA,SARS or DRSP.

Translated, that’s Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or Drug-Resistant Streptococcus Pneumoniae.

Not electronic bugs, but living microbes.

Germs trying to get at you

Millions of bacteria, fungi and viruses (the real ones) – all trying to infect you as best they know how.

And the best way is contact.

Your hands touch everything. Then you eat with them, touch your face – the germs’ easy way in.

Gotcha!

Next thing you know it’s a cold or flu. Or maybe gut-wrenching norovirus, campylobacter or e.coli.

Inevitably something – just check your screen.

See those finger marks?

That’s evidence.

You go through the day, thinking your hands are clean, but they’re not.

Which is why the finger marks. Not just traces of grease and dirt, but visible confirmation there are germs present. Your phone is bugged alright.

Dangerous?

You bet.

Microscopic killers

Some germs are so tiny, it only takes  10 cells or so gathered together – and you’re infected.

Norovirus, for instance, or e.coli. Or dreaded Ebola, which is smaller still – your one-way ticket to serious illness.

So, germs right there, on your phone – millions of them. Any one of which could kill you if you’re careless enough.

Which means when did you last clean your phone? And when did you last clean your hands?

Because germs are everywhere, not just on your touchscreen. The whole place is bugged too.

On the TV remote, for instance – possibly the most dangerous source of germs in your whole home.

And everywhere else as well. On all surfaces. In the air.

Only you don’t know they’re there because they’re invisible.

Your hands don’t LOOK dirty, neither do all the things around you. So like all of us, you take chances.

OK, so what if you do clean your phone – scrub it down with antibacterial wipes? And you hands too – have a go with good old soap and water, singing Happy Birthday twice like the World Health Organization recommend.?

Clean, but still contaminated

All well and good.

But now you can’t touch anything, because you’ll immediately get contaminated again. The whole place is bugged, remember? And even just standing there, your hands will pick up germs from the air.

The surfaces you touch might not be so bad, maybe they had a once-over last night.

But the air?

How do you take soap and water to that?

How the heck can you be safe, particularly in the workplace – where there could be hundreds of you , all touching the same things and breathing the same atmosphere? Desks, keyboards, door handles, light switches, documents, coffee mugs, money, everything?

Effective debugging

Only one way for sure.

Sterilise the air and everything it touches – exactly the same tactics germs use themselves.

Which means a mist-up with a germ-killer.  A full-on go when everybody’s left for the evening. De-bugged, de luxe.

Not with bleach or ammonia either.  That stuff will asphyxiate you in two seconds flat. They take forever to work anyway – at least 30 minutes contact time to be effective.

The stuff that works is hydrogen peroxide. Takes around 2 minutes to kill germs by oxidising them. Nixes the whole lot of them – bacteria, viruses, fungi, the lot.

As long as it’s ionised first.

That way it’s electrostatically charged so it spreads everywhere, trying to escape from itself. And the charge attracts germs like magnets – so they’re forcibly grabbed at and ripped apart by oxygen atoms.

Oh, and the other thing about ionising. It turbo-charges the hydrogen peroxide mist, making it more potent. Releases a whole slew of other antimicrobials into the air as well – hydroxyl radicals, reactive oxygen species, reactive nitrogen species, ozone and ultra violet.

Oxidised to nothing

No way any germ is coming back from that. And the whole place is now sterilised from top to bottom – all surfaces, under and behind them as well – and the air itself. Germ-free to a 6-Log Sterility Assurance Level  – that’s 99.9999%, or just one cell in a million.

Of course your phone could still be bugged and trying to kill you.

The CIA have tabs on everybody these days – and the jury’s still out on whether cell phones generate enough radiation to be harmful.

And if you’ve read Stephen King’s Cell, you’ll know you’re right to be terrified.

Safer with smoke signals and carrier pigeon – as long as you keep your hands clean.